Live Chat: Is Climate Change Stoking Global Wildfires?

Eli is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine.

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After weeks of battling three massive wildfires, crews are expected this week to finally squelch blazes that have burned houses and millions of acres of forest in southern and eastern Arizona, driving thousands of residents from their homes. Last summer, east and southeast Texas saw record wildfires that cost the state millions of dollars, and the smoke and heat from wildfires that torched western Russia killed more than 50,000 people. Is climate change responsible for an uptick in global wildfires? What effect are these fires having on ecosystems? And are these fires going to get worse?

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